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When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible

ISBN : 9780199781720

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Author: 
Timothy Michael Law
Pages
240 Pages
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Paperback
Size
157 x 236 mm
Pub date
Aug 2013
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How did the New Testament writers and the earliest Christians come to adopt the Jewish scriptures as their first Old Testament? And why are our modern Bibles related more to the Rabbinic Hebrew Bible than to the Greek Bible of the early Church? The Septuagint, the name given to the translation of the Hebrew scriptures between the third century BC and the second century AD, played a central role in the Bible's history. Many of the Hebrew scriptures were still evolving when they were translated into Greek, and these Greek translations, along with several new Greek writings, became Holy Scripture in the early Church. Yet, gradually the Septuagint lost its place at the heart of Western Christianity. At the end of the fourth century, one of antiquity's brightest minds rejected the Septuagint in favor of the Bible of the rabbis. After Jerome, the Septuagint never regained the position it once had. Timothy Michael Law recounts the story of the Septuagint's origins, its relationship to the Hebrew Bible, and the adoption and abandonment of the first Christian Old Testament.

Index: 

Table of Contents
1 Why this Book?
2 When the World Became Greek
3 Was There a Bible before the Bible?
4 The First Bible Translators
5 Gog and his Not-so-Merry Grasshoppers
6 Bird Droppings, Stoned Elephants, and Exploding Dragons
7 E Pluribus Unum
8 The Septuagint behind the New Testament
9 The Septuagint in the New Testament
10 The New Old Testament
11 God's Word for the Church
12 The Man of Steel and the Man who Worshipped the Sun
13 The Man with the Burning Hand vs. the Man with the Honeyed Sword
14 A Postscript
Notes
Index

About the author: 

Timothy Michael Law is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Marginalia Review of Books. He was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Oxford from 2009-2012 and is Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in the Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen, Germany until 2014. He has published more than two-dozen articles and is author or editor of several books, including the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Septuagint (with Alison Salvesen), and the ongoing OUP series, The Apocrypha in the History of Interpretation (with David Lincicum). He also writes at timothymichaellaw.com.

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